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MTR Connect | Sides A-B-X-Y & Not Taking Sides | Justin Lee & Gregory Coles

October 17 @ 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm


MTR Connect is a gathering of curious Christians seeking to make things right with LGBTQ+ people.


Some of us know the terms Side A and Side B, but what about Sides X & Y? All these “sides” reflect the diverse theological positions on homosexuality. At the 10/17 event we’ll explore their origins and relevance, to better understand the landscape.

Still, there is a problematic word here: “Side”. Whereas these terms can serve to define one’s personal beliefs, they can also create battle lines. In my work, I observe many individuals advocating on behalf of LGBTQ+ people and the church. Yet it’s tough to find ones wanting to reach across the theological aisle in search of common good. On this call, you’ll hear from two shining exceptions.

Join me and my friends Gregory Coles (“Side B”) and Justin Lee (“Side A”) as we thoughtfully engage in discussion on all the sides… and how to not take sides in relationships and ministry.


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For more than 25 years, Justin Lee has been a leading Christian voice on LGBTQ issues, known for building bridges across areas of theological disagreement. He’s been featured in numerous media outlets including The New York Times, Dr. Phil, Anderson Cooper 360, and All Things Considered.

Justin’s first book, Torn: Rescuing the Gospel from the Gays-vs.-Christians Debate, has been widely cited for helping Christian parents understand their LGBTQ kids, with an updated edition released in 2024. His second book, Talking Across the Divide, offers strategies for productive conversations on all sorts of controversial issues—from politics to family conflicts. Justin is the executive director of Nuance Ministries, where he works with churches and organizations. He discusses a variety of topics on his YouTube channel and at GeekyJustin.com.

Gregory Coles personal journey is one of being gay, loving Jesus, and choosing singleness in a world that fears all three. He is an author and scholar, holding a PhD in English from Penn State. Along with his published academic research, his two books, Single, Gay, Christian and No Longer Strangers, have earned awards that include an InterVarsity Press Readers Choice Award. He is a regular speaker at churches and events, including for the Center for Faith, Sexuality and Gender, a leading organization serving churches holding to traditional ethics that are seeking to create a safe and compassionate environment for LGBTQ+ people and their families. You can learn more at GregoryColes.com.

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